Player Spotlight: DeAndre Yedlin primed to build on impressive rookie season

Ives Galarcep
March 13, 2014
MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders FC

SEATTLE — There was a fancy white suit hung neatly in the locker, just above a pair of gaudy brown suede shoes covered in what appeared to be shiny black stones. DeAndre Yedlin put on his outfit one piece at a time, all the while navigating a steady stream of interview requests. He left the shoes for last, fully acknowledging their flashiness.

“I wanted something that would pop with the white suit,” Yedlin said when asked about the shoes. As he stood sporting easily the most impressive outfit in the Seattle Sounders locker room, Clint Dempsey quietly came over and shook the young defender’s hand. He looked at Yedlin and said with a sly grin, “All right Pitbull, take it easy.”

Yedlin may dress like a pop star and sport a hairstyle that makes him stand out in a crowd, but the reason he has captured the imagination of fans in and out of Seattle is his bundles of ability. His blazing speed and confidence getting forward into the attack from his right back position have helped make him one of the most exciting young prospects in MLS.